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Decoded: DNA of Blood-Sucking Worm That Infects World's Poor, Washington University School of Medicine Study


1/20/2014 6:25:46 AM

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Going barefoot in parts of Africa, Asia and South America contributes to hookworm infections, which afflict an estimated 700 million of the world's poor. The parasitic worm lives in the soil and enters the body through the feet. By feeding on victims' blood, the worms cause anemia and, in children, stunted growth and learning problems.

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